“The Secret to One of the Country’s Best Gins? Bees.” by Christoper Hughes, Boston Magazine

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In the wide, dizzying terrain of craft gin, small-batch producers tend to put in inordinate amount of pride in the breadth and diversity of their product’s botanical anatomy. We’ve come a long way from streamlined London Drys like Tanqueray that focused on juniper and maybe one or two other defining herbs and spices. Now there are labels like Anchor Distilling’s Junipero with over a dozen “exotic botanicals” and Alexander Stein’s Monkey 47, an extreme case that utilizes 47 different plant … Continue reading


“The Distillery of the Month for January 2015 is Caledonia Spirits” article by E-man Booze of Main St. Distilleries

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Few distillers have mastered the art of incorporating raw honey into their craft spirits.  Even fewer understand the complexities associated with the formation of Mother Nature’s finest food.  Under the guidance of honey bee expert Todd Hardie, Caledonia Spirits masterfully transforms honey into ethereal artisan spirits unparalleled in quality. CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Live from the hive: February 2015

A honey bee on Queen Anne's Lace. Note the pollen on her back legs.

“Bees in the cold” by Annie Watson, Thistle Hill Studio

We are concerned about the bees in this long bout of cold weather. At my house in central Vermont, the thermometer hasn’t gone above 32 degrees since some time in December. Did you know that honey bees do not eliminate their wastes inside the hive? To do this, they must take a “cleansing flight”, which helps to keep the brood nest healthy. … Continue reading

November Newsletter 2014


Building a sustainable Caledonia Cooperage

We have gathered white oak in the Champlain Valley of Vermont to make barrels. Each log is over 100 years old and grows very slowly in this cool climate, the northern limit of the white oak. Because of the national barrel shortage, we started this project to make barrels, and this required a forester to find white oak, a sawyer to quarter saw the wood, and a cooper to make the barrels. This will allow … Continue reading